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Architect of visa scam forfeits $1 million
Ravindra Telluri brought undocumented workers to U.S. for jobs that did not exist
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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A Brecksville man forfeited $1 million Wednesday after pleading guilty to hiring undocumented workers using phony paperwork. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia has more.
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Ravindra Telluri owned two I.T. firms, Hytech Consulting and InterOne Corp., both in Seven Hills. 

Between 2008 and 2010, he brought fellow Indian citizens to the U.S. on special H-1b temporary worker visas. Those allow companies to hire foreign workers with special skills so long as it does not impact the local talent pool, and the visas can cost up to $5,000.

But the positions waiting for the computer programmers never existed. And the 42-year-old Telluri and two unindicted co-conspirators admitted they falsified documents to make it appear that consulting jobs were waiting for the new hires.

As part of his plea, Telluri agreed to withdraw his application for U.S. citizenship, and not to work in positions involving recruiting or hiring of undocumented workers. He will be sentenced Jan. 9.
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